THOREAU, Edward John
(Service number 75799)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 23 March 1893 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 102 Featherston Street, Palmerston North
Occupation Saddler
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs M. THOREAU (wife), 20 Bourke Street, Palmerston North
Religion Lutheran
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 42nd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade
Date 11 October 1918
Transport Moeraki; treanshipped to Malta at Sydney
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Prisoner of War Information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 3 October 1940 Age 47 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North
Memorial Reference Area H, Block 4, Plot 47
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Edward John Thoreau, 75799, was the son of Edward John and Susan (née Gibson) Thoreau. He was educated at Timaru Main and Timaru South schools until the family moved to Palmerston North in 1905. Edward married Katherine Marie Olsen on 4 June 1917 at Palmerston North. Like his father Edward junior joined the Mounted Rifles and hoped to meet his father abroad.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 January 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 January 2019]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [06 January 2019]; Refer Manawatu Standard, 13 June 1918 (Papers Past) [07 January 2018]

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